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Mr Justice Mostyn has recently issued two rulings on secure accommodation and consent. Andrew Pack examines the judgments and the prospect of an appeal.

News headlines

Apr 26, 2018

Asylum-seeking A-level student wins first round in battle over right to study

A teenager barred from studying by the Home Office because of her immigration status has won the first round of a legal challenge.
Apr 26, 2018

Browne Jacobson advises city council on funding for £58m skills hub

Browne Jacobson has advised Nottingham City Council on a £18m loan facility to fund the construction of a flagship £58m skills hub for Nottingham College.
Apr 25, 2018

More than 1,000 university students sign up to group claim over lost teaching time

More than 1,000 students in the UK have signed up to a group claim for breach of contract over lost teaching time against universities affected by industrial action, the law firm behind the scheme has said.
Apr 24, 2018

School transport providers fined after council carries out licensing checks

A private hire operator and a driver have been fined after licensing officers at Reading Borough Council carried out checks on vehicles and drivers fulfilling school transport contracts.
Apr 18, 2018

Care order applications received by Cafcass falls for first time in years

The number of care order applications fell for the first time in several years in 2017/18 but only by a small amount (2.3%), Cafcass has reported.
Apr 18, 2018

Cardiff University to undertake market engagement for legal services procurement

Cardiff University has given notice of its plans to run a procurement to establish a legal services framework for representation and advice in relation to a wide range of its legal needs.
Apr 17, 2018

Fewer than half of firms retain place on £46m further education legal services panel

The Crescent Purchasing Consortium, which is owned by bodies in the further education sector, has named 20 law firms to its second legal services framework, which has been estimated to be worth up to £46m.
Apr 11, 2018

Campaigners claim DfE to end collection of children’s nationality data

Campaign group Against Borders for Children (ABC) has claimed that the Department for Education (DfE) is to end the collection of children’s nationality and country of birth data in schools.
Apr 09, 2018

Education regulator in Wales to procure presenting officer services

The Education Workforce Council in Wales has launched a procurement of presenting officer services to support its fitness to practise work.
Apr 05, 2018

Parents and carers eye judicial review of changes to SEN funding by Hackney

A group of parents and carers of children with special educational needs and disabilities in Hackney are crowd funding a potential legal challenge to the London borough’s plans to make changes to SEND funding.

Features and analysis

Teachers and disclosure of relationships

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The Supreme Court recently upheld the fairness of the dismissal of a head teacher, for non-disclosure of a relationship with a convicted sex offender. Phil Allen looks at the lessons from the judgment.

Multiple allegations of misconduct

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In situations where there are multiple allegations of misconduct, employers need to tread carefully to avoid unfair dismissal, writes Mark Foster.

TUPE and gaps between contracts

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The Advocate General of the European Court of Justice has confirmed that a five-month gap in operations does not necessarily prevent TUPE applying. Doug Mullen looks at practical guidance for employers where there is a gap in operations.

GDPR and contract negotiations

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Azhar Ghose highlights some of the issues that have arisen in contract negotiations of GDPR clauses.

Care proceedings and medical treatment

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The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Chambers examines recent comments by the President of the Family Division on care proceedings and the medical treatment of children.

Reverter of school site

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The heirs to a landowner who donated a site for a school more than 100 years ago recently claimed a substantial proportion of the proceeds of sale held by a council. James Goudie QC explains the outcome.

Older articles

Apr 20, 2018

Supply chain visibility

Following the government's publication of a new procurement policy note on supply chain visibility, do you need to update your T&Cs? Ruth Smith explains.
Apr 20, 2018

Case management and apparent bias

A recent Court of Protection judgment is a salutary warning on the dangers of judges giving early indications of the conclusions they are like to reach. The CoP team at 39 Essex Chambers reports.
Apr 18, 2018

Care order applications received by Cafcass falls for first time in years

The number of care order applications fell for the first time in several years in 2017/18 but only by a small amount (2.3%), Cafcass has reported.
Apr 18, 2018

Cardiff University to undertake market engagement for legal services procurement

Cardiff University has given notice of its plans to run a procurement to establish a legal services framework for representation and advice in relation to a wide range of its legal needs.
Apr 17, 2018

Fewer than half of firms retain place on £46m further education legal services panel

The Crescent Purchasing Consortium, which is owned by bodies in the further education sector, has named 20 law firms to its second legal services framework, which has been estimated to be worth up to £46m.
Apr 13, 2018

Multiple allegations of misconduct

In situations where there are multiple allegations of misconduct, employers need to tread carefully to avoid unfair dismissal, writes Mark Foster.
Apr 13, 2018

Funding continuing care

A judge has confirmed that a clinical commissioning group has no legal power to fund a continuing care patient for whom it had no statutory responsibility. David Lock QC explains why.
Apr 13, 2018

Principles for reforming social care

Will Jeremy Hunt's principles for social care reform be a game changer for the sector? Stuart Marchant analyses the Health and Social Care Secretary's proposed approach.
Apr 12, 2018

Government issues procurement policy note in bid to boost supply chain visibility

The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has issued a procurement policy note setting out new measures intended to increase the visibility of subcontracting opportunities in Government supply chains.
Apr 11, 2018

Campaigners claim DfE to end collection of children’s nationality data

Campaign group Against Borders for Children (ABC) has claimed that the Department for Education (DfE) is to end the collection of children’s nationality and country of birth data in schools.
Apr 11, 2018

Campaigners claim DfE to end collection of children’s nationality data

Campaign group Against Borders for Children (ABC) has claimed that the Department for Education (DfE) is to end the collection of children’s nationality and country of birth data in schools.
Apr 09, 2018

Education regulator in Wales to procure presenting officer services

The Education Workforce Council in Wales has launched a procurement of presenting officer services to support its fitness to practise work.
Apr 06, 2018

TUPE and gaps between contracts

The Advocate General of the European Court of Justice has confirmed that a five-month gap in operations does not necessarily prevent TUPE applying. Doug Mullen looks at practical guidance for employers where there is a gap in operations.
Apr 06, 2018

GDPR and contract negotiations

Azhar Ghose highlights some of the issues that have arisen in contract negotiations of GDPR clauses.
Apr 05, 2018

Parents and carers eye judicial review of changes to SEN funding by Hackney

A group of parents and carers of children with special educational needs and disabilities in Hackney are crowd funding a potential legal challenge to the London borough’s plans to make changes to SEND funding.
Apr 05, 2018

Parents and carers eye judicial review of changes to SEN funding by Hackney

A group of parents and carers of children with special educational needs and disabilities in Hackney are crowd funding a potential legal challenge to the London borough’s plans to make changes to SEND funding.
Apr 03, 2018

University to procure £5m legal services framework agreement

The University of Sheffield is to set up a legal services framework agreement worth an estimated £5m over four years.
Mar 29, 2018

Interpreting overage clauses

Overage continues to be a potential minefield. James Hall analyses the latest case on interpretation of a clause.
Mar 29, 2018

Failing to meet criteria

A recent case has shown the importance of contracting authorities making clear the criteria they apply to procurement exercises and the implications of failing to meet any of these. Tiffany Cloynes and Clare Hardy consider the ruling.
Mar 29, 2018

Teachers and disclosure of relationships

The Supreme Court recently upheld the fairness of the dismissal of a head teacher, for non-disclosure of a relationship with a convicted sex offender. Phil Allen looks at the lessons from the judgment.

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